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Social prescribing brings a real buzz to Brighton #SocialPrescribing19

Posted on 13th March 2019 by

Impetus Community Navigation hosted the first Brighton and Hove conference to consider the role and future of social prescribing. This fully-booked event on 7th March 2019 welcomed over 150 people from the voluntary sector, primary care and NHS commissioning.

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Social prescribing, the future for health and wellbeing #SocialPrescribing19

Posted on 4th March 2019 by

You might have heard of social prescribing in the news recently – such as this article from BBC Health – but do you know what it means?

People doing social and healthy activities

In January 2019, NHS England announced that it would fund 1,000 social prescribing workers to ease the workload of GPs and improve people’s health and wellbeing. This has caused a buzz around social prescribing, but while it has become more widely known it’s still important to explain the term. Let’s break it down!

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Measuring impact on health & wellbeing: Community Navigation service features at international conference

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Social activities

Community Navigation (CN) is a social prescribing service that links people to community services and groups that improve health and wellbeing.

Clair Rowe, our Community Navigation Service Manager, submitted an abstract on the how the service monitors impact for the first International Social Prescribing Research Conference. The abstract was successfully chosen to exhibit as a poster in the conference exhibition, held at the University of Salford, 14 June. For a person-centred service, the first priority is to support people to improve their lives. Secondly, the impact of the service on their health and wellbeing should be measured.

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Volunteers needed to help improve wellbeing in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

The nationally-recognised charity Brighton & Hove Impetus is recruiting more volunteers for their Community Navigation service, linked to GP practices across the city.

The volunteer Community Navigators help people improve wellbeing and reduce isolation by connecting them with services and activities in their local community.

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Community Navigation releases extended pilot evaluation

Posted on 20th March 2017 by

We have completed an evaluation of our social prescribing service’s extended pilot April-December 2016. Inside you will find information on what we have achieved, patient outcomes, case studies and more.

This evaluation has been carried out to assess the effectiveness of the service and to highlight recommendations.

You can download the full report here, or read a short preview (including the Executive Summary) in your browser below.

(Click in the centre for fullscreen)

Volunteers’ Week Day 9 — Bunty Bateman

Posted on 9th June 2016 by

Bunty Bateman Community Navigation

Volunteer’s Name: Bunty Bateman

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Community Navigation

What do they do?

85-year-old Bunty is a volunteer Community Navigator who supports people to take up services and activities they need and want. This can be anything from helping someone get out more and meet new people, to arranging an advocate or advisor. Navigators find and give people the information they need and help them access the right services and groups.

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2015 Election – our soapbox: Health and Social Care

Posted on 31st March 2015 by

The election is 36 days away and the campaigns have started in earnest. I was at home last week when the Labour candidate for Hove & Portslade came door knocking, so I grabbed the chance to tell him about some of the issues we at Impetus think the candidates should be focusing on. Here’s the first in a series discussing the things that we know matter to the people we work with. 

Polling Station sign

Photo Credit: secretlondon123, cc

Number 1: Changes to Health and Social Care

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Minister for Civil Society visits Community Navigators project

Posted on 13th March 2015 by

Yesterday Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP visited the Community Navigators project at one of our participating surgeries. Benfield Valley Healthcare Hub is a site where one volunteer (pictured below) has provided navigation to at least 25 clients since the beginning of the project in autumn last year.

Minister for Civil Society meets Community Navigator

From left to right: Jenny Moore, EPIC Project Development Manager; Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society; Bunty Bateman, Volunteer Community Navigator

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Community Navigators helping patients access local support

Posted on 30th September 2014 by

On Friday night our Community Navigator team joined over 120 people at the launch of the Extended Primary Integrated Care (EPiC) project. Impetus are the delivery partner with Age UK Brighton & Hove to deliver the Community Navigator work stream. Community Navigators are volunteers based in GP surgeries whose role is to help people find support activities or options within their local community that complements their health care.

Jess Sumner, CEO of AgeUK Brighton & Hove, explains how the Navigator role works in this short film:

EPiC – Extended Primary Integrated Care for Brighton & Hove

We are delighted to have recruited and trained our first two groups of Navigators, and that the idea behind the role is gained such an enthusiastic reaction from patients, GPs and other clinicians.

If you’d like to know more about the Navigator role or to volunteer with us, please contact Clair on 01273 229 382 or go to the Community Navigator page.

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